Here is what I got up to this past weekend, and it was very satisfying:
I went to Ink Noise Review at the Jade Lounge, hosted by Curtis Whitecaroll, featuring Dan Raphael, and D. R. Garrett. The evening also included poetry and flash/microfiction by James Grabill, Jared Hayes, Dawn Z. Montefusco, Sarah Wimmer, Billy Dye, and Alexis Plank. A quality lineup of creative writers, and also a really chill Portland bar experience. The next Ink Noise get together will be on June 16th, from what I recall.
Then on Sunday afternoon, I got to squeeze in to see Dan Savage talk and read at Powell’s City of Books in the Pearl Room. He was promoting his new book, American Savage, which features his sassy evaluation on a number of current hot sociopolitical topics. He has been investigating politics a lot, and talked on the health care crisis, and how many of the “conservative hot topics” of the day, such as reproductive rights, women’s issues, and marriage equality, are in fact intertwined when viewed in the larger context of the Religious Right. He was a very funny, warm, down to earth person, and was able to allay the concerns of even the most cynical audience member. I was pleasantly impressed. He also answered the question about where he sees trends going in the next several decades, to which his answer was: Trans and gender issues. Because, “movements progress over time, as they should, and that is becoming the next progression.” (Sorry for what I am sure is horrible paraphrasing.)
Also at Powell’s, I discovered they have a gender issues section! So if you are inspired to get a jump ahead, at Dan’s recommendation, here is a self-help guide for you to pick up:
I should hope all my weekends in P-Town are this illuminating… 🙂